The Magi stood with his head tilted upward in the dead of night, gazing at the bright orb shining above him in the sky. A star like that had never been spotted before…ever. And the scrolls proved it. They all had diligently studied the meaning of the unique star and had come to one conclusion – a king had been born. The King of the Jews. So now, as the Magi stood contemplating the mysterious star once more, the others were busy packing and readying the camels for their journey. Jerusalem was a long way away and they had to carry their finest attire with them if they were to be in the presence of a king! And gifts! They must remember to carefully select the most precious gifts for the new king. Yet, as the Magi returned to help the others, one question burned in his heart, “Why did the ancient prophet call the babe a king? He should be called a prince, for surely, the child’s father still reigns as king, no?”
Sadly, the answer was “no.” For Israel had rejected the Father as their King long ago, and now it was time to give them a second chance, with a King they could see, touch and listen to with their ears.
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” – Matthew 2:1-2
(We all know what happens next! Herod went to his wise men and learned that Bethlehem was where the child was born. He told the wise men and made them promise that they would return and tell him where the baby was…)
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11
Did it surprise the wise men that they did not find the “King” in a palace? Were they taken back that His mother was not dressed in fine linens like them? Did it bother them that the parents of the King were poor? Or…did they already know? No one really knows what went through the minds of the Magi’s when they saw Jesus for the first time. But we do know this, the circumstances they saw Him in didn’t keep them from worshipping Him – and it didn’t keep them from giving Him the expensive gifts they had brought. Now that’s a thought! Why would the Scriptures say that they presented the presents to the baby? Why not give the gifts to Mary and Joseph? Even if Jesus wasn’t a new-born when the wise men found him, as a young child, what would He do with gold, frankincense and myrrh? Unless…unless the wise men knew whom Jesus really was – God incarnate. To give gold to a baby is foolish, but to offer something so expensive to the Son of God, who knew of the act from the foundation of the world, whose Father watched them from His throne – that’s different! For if He was who He said was, He would have known the Magi’s gifts before they were given. And that, would be far from foolish!
So, we see that in the Nativity, Christ is the wise men, the “three kings” so to speak. For He left His own country (heaven) to go to lowly Bethlehem (earth) and brought with Him the greatest gift of all – not gold, but Himself…His blood that would redeem mankind from sin, and usher us into the throne room of God. Consider this – the Magi’s were “wise men” – but Christ is the wisest of all, insomuch that in 1 Corinthians 1:30, Paul calls Him wisdom itself, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” Christ Jesus – our King, our Redeemer…our Wisdom.